Welcome to Ilga Leja Handknit Design!
I am a knitwear designer based in Nova Scotia, although my roots extend from Latvia to Newfoundland. My work is characterized by classic silhouettes, unique construction, and playful use of stitch patterns.
Currently I am collaborating with another knitting designer Jane Thornley on a unique project called the Phoebe and Foxy Files, inspired by the main characters in her best-selling crime novels in her Crime by Design series.
Jane will be impersonating the protaganist, Phoebe, will I will assume the personality of Sir Rupert Foxy--and knit designs according to his sensibilities!
There will be three episodes that will not only include patterns from both knitters in each episode, but will follow a narrative as these two knitters approach their art from their very different perspectives.
For more details and to sign up: Phoebe and Foxy Files
Having recently returned from a trip to the desert in Death Valley, CA, I am now offering a series of four patterns in the Desert Series. Three lace shawls and a sleeveless top, each is inspired by the colours and light and unique beauty of the desert.
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